File No. 2151/310.
Minister Gummeré to the Secretary of State.
Tangier, December 30, 1908.
Sir: I have the honor to report that on the 29th instant the dean of the diplomatic corps circulated among the corps identical letters received by him from the French chargé d’affaires and the Spanish minister, informing him of the text of the Franco-Spanish note which had been proposed to the powers signatory to the act of Algeciras as a response to Mulai Hafid’s reply to the original note of the powers; and that, as all of the powers had approved of the same, they were charged to request him to communicate the same to the representative of Mulai Hafid at Tangier as soon as the adhesion to the said note of the powers signatory to the act of Algeciras have been announced to him by their respective representatives at Tangier. The dean further stated that as soon as he has received the said announcement from all of the representatives he would convoke a meeting of the interpreters of the various legations for the purpose of translating the note into Arabic before delivery to the representative of Mulai Hafid.
I have the honor to report, further, that up to the present date the representatives of the United States, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Russia, Great Britain, and Portugal have informed the dean of the adhesion of their respective Governments to the Franco-Spanish note. Further action in the matter will be immediately reported to the department.
I am, etc.,